Often, pain within the foot is caused by a mechanical issue and is not the result of disease. That means that with proper medical intervention and treatment, relief from foot pain is an attainable goal. Some people experience pain as a result of repetitive stress injuries to the foot, such as heavy exercise or participation in sports. Other conditions are caused by wearing shoes that are too constricting or that do not provide the proper level of support. In some cases, foot pain is the result of sudden trauma to the foot.
Gout is a type of arthritis and is indicated by the presence of unusually high levels of uric acid in the blood. When too much uric acid is present, the excess forms into small crystals that cannot be processed by the kidneys. If those crystals are present in the foot, they can act like ground glass within joints, leading to pain in the area of the toes. Gout has a hereditary component and is more common in older people, but anyone can develop the condition. Treatment options include the use of anti-inflammatory drugs, prescription medications and niacin supplements.
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If you experience a foot related emergency, call 911 or proceed to the ER immediately. Dr. Amar can work with patients to determine the cause of their foot pain so that treatment can begin right away.